Coun­cil on a long re­cov­ery

Geelong Advertiser - - NEWS - CAN­DI­DATES: P26, 27

GEE­LONG’S ad­min­is­tra­tors have warned that the new coun­cil­lors will need to buy-in on the in­ter­nal changes at City Hall, declar­ing the work may not be com­plete un­til at least 2020.

The out­go­ing ad­min­is­tra­tors will fin­ish their roles in a fort­night, with a new 11-coun­cil­lor team to be elected on Oc­to­ber 28.

In a pointed re­mark about the im­pact of re­duc­ing their term to 18 months, chief ad­min­is­tra­tor Kathy Alexan­der said there was a lot more work to be done in evolv­ing the coun­cil’s cul­ture.

“While we’ve man­aged to lay a solid foun­da­tion for al­most all the com­mis­sion of in­quiry’s rec­om­men­da­tions, it could take more than four years to fully embed this work in the or­gan­i­sa­tion,” she said.

“It will there­fore re­quire the full sup­port and en­gage­ment of the new coun­cil.”

The gov­ern­ment-led com­mis­sion of in­quiry un­cov­ered a raft of is­sues with coun­cil­lors and staff, lead­ing the Par­lia­ment to dis­miss coun­cil­lors and ap­point three ad­min­is­tra­tors.

The trio have over­seen a “trans­for­ma­tion pro­gram”, which in­cludes putting bet­ter ad­min­is­tra­tive sup­port in place for the next era of coun­cil­lors.

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